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John Braithwaite

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 73 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 73 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Braithwaite AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack Braithwaite AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 24/58 AWMM
    • WWI 24/1521 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 January 1882 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 29 May 1915 AWMM 5 Cliffs Road, St Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 5 Cliffs Road, St Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs J. Braithwaite (mother), 5 Cliffs Road, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs J. Braithwaite (mother), 5 Cliff Road, St Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 8 January 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 24/58 AWMM
    • WWI 24/1521 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 4 pounds AWMM
    • Court Martialled, Executed, Pardoned, Cause of Death AWMM
      Executed for mutiny AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 7.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      130 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Son of Mrs M. Braitwaite of Auckland

    John Braithwaite was one of 28 New Zealand servicemen who were court-martialled and sentenced to death during the First World War. He was one of 5 executed.

    He was accused of mutiny after he and several Australian and Scottish prisoners were found guilty of provoking a strike in the military prison in Blargies, France where all were serving sentences for offences against military law. Conditions in the prison and punishments were severe and their protests resulted in Braithwaite being executed.

    A Private Member's Bill was put before the New Zealand Parliament in September 1998 by the MP for Invercargill, Mark Peck, to pardon the soldiers executed. This became the Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Act 2000 which pardoned the five soldiers. The purpose of the act was 'to remove so far as practicable, the dishonour that the execution of those five soldiers brought to those soldiers and their families.

    Listed as embarked 1915, did not embark until 1916

    War service: Egypt, Western Front
    Disembarked Suez, 8 February 1916.
    Transferred to 2nd Bn, Otago Infantry Regiment, 10 March 1916.
    Admitted to No 2 NZ Field Ambulance, Moascar, 1 April 1916 (measles); transferred to No 1 NZ Stationary Hospital, 1 April 1916; discharged to duty, 5 April 1916.
    Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 April 1916.

    Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 9 April 1916.
    Found guilty, 3 May 1916, of being absent without leave: deprived of Lance stripes, and forfeited 2 days' pay by Royal Warrant.
    Found guilty, 13 June 1916, of (1) being absent without leave from Reveille, 30 May, till 9 pm, 31 May 1916; (2) stating a falsehood, to be an Officer; (3) being in possession of a document purporting to be a genuine pass, 31 May 1916: awarded 60 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 60 days' ordinary pay.
    Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 7 July 1916, of (1) when on Active Service absenting himself without leave; (2) when in confinement escaping: awarded imprisonment with hard labour for two years.
    Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 19 July 1916, of when on Active Service in confinement, escaping: awarded imprisonment with hard labour for two years. Sentences from 7 and 19 July to run concurrently.
    Found guilty by General Court Martial, 11 October 1916, of at Blangies N., near Abancourt, on 28 August 1916, joining in a mutiny in Forces to which the Army is applied, as if they were Regular Forces: sentenced to suffer death by being shot.
    Executed, Rouen, 6 am, 29 October 1916.
    Forfeited entitlement to war medals.
    In 2000 the New Zealand Government announced that the five New Zealand soldiers who had been executed during the First World War would be pardoned; in 2005 their descendants were granted the appropriate medals.
    Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    29 October 1916 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France AWMM O. I. K. 10. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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